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READMISSIONS: Top 10 most frequent DRGs for 30-day hospital readmissions, U.S. 2013

These are data collected by the federal government – the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationside Readmissions Database, 2013.  This is a free database – our tax dollars spent for interesting national data.

Top 10 DRGs by NUMBER of 30-Day Readmissions
[Note: The DRG official names are longer – explicitly including or excluding complications and comorbidities, for example.  I’ve shortened the names below.  Please see the source for the full condition names.

  • 184,730  DRG 885: Psychoses
  • 113,376  DRG 871: Septicemia
  •   96,130  DRG 392: Esophagitis
  •   79,908  DRG 292: Heart failure (with complications or comorbidities)
  •   69,847  DRG 291: Heart failure (with major complications or comorbidities)
  •   62,852  DRG 847: Chemotherapy without acute leukemia as secondary diagnosis
  •   54,304  DRG 812: Red blood cell disorders
  •   53,224  DRG 683: Renal failure
  •   51,039  DRG 194: Simple pneumonia & pleurisy
  •   50,719  DRG 190: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Top 10 DRGs by PERCENT of Cases That Are 30-Day Readmissions

  • 86 percent  DRG 780: False labor
  • 72 percent  DRG 839: One of the chemotherapy DRGs
  • 70 percent  DRG 847: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 67 percent  DRG 838: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 67 percent  DRG 846: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 67 percent DRG  848: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 51 percent  DRG 778: Threatened abortion
  • 49 percent  DRG 834: One of the acute leukemia DRGs
  • 46 percent  DRG 835: Another of the acute leukemia DRGs
  • 36 percent  DRG 840: Lymphoma and non-acute leukemia

Source: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. All patient readmissions within 30 days: National statistics, 2013.  Click here: http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/HCUPnet.jsp?Id=4955DDB08ECF260B&Form=SelDXPR&JS=Y&Action=%3E%3ENext%3E%3E&_DXPR=PreRunDRG   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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